Wednesday 23 July 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Containing very warm this afternoon and this evening with sunshine for many areas. Scattered showers could turn thundery this evening across the western half of the country. Sea fog will continue to affect parts of the south coast.

Tonight's Weather
Scattered heavy showers will persist in some western areas for the early part of tonight before dying out. Skies will clear in many places but fog patches will persist on southern coasts and are likely to reappear on eastern coasts at times also; some fog will form inland also. Winds will fall light generally and temperatures will drop to between 14 and 17 degrees.

today's weather Tomorrow
Fog will disperse from all except a few coastal districts on Thursday morning. It will be dry and sunny but heavy thundery showers will develop across the western half of the country in the afternoon or evening. Winds will be light, variable or easterly and it will become very warm in most places; highest temperatures 22 to 27 degrees.

3 Day Outlook
Thursday night will be another very mild and close night with temperatures falling no lower than 15 or 16 degrees. It will become dry in most areas as showers over Muenster and Connacht gradually die out.

Friday will continue very warm and humid with highest temperatures of 22 to 27 degrees and light variable breezes. It will be mainly dry with bright or sunny spells. However, there'll be a risk of some heavy or thundery showers developing in places during the afternoon and evening. Outbreaks of rain will develop in the northwest later on Friday night.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy. Outbreaks of rain and drizzle will spread southeastwards across the country. The rain will mainly affect Connacht and Ulster. It will become light and patchy over Leinster and Munster. It will be a cooler day with highest temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees and light to moderate west to northwest breezes. Saturday night will be a bit cooler also with lowest temperatures of 12 to 14 degrees.

Sunday will be noticeably cooler and fresher with moderate northwest winds and highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees. There'll be a good deal of dry weather with sunny spells. However, scattered showers will develop also. There'll be heaviest over the northern half of the country and will be well scattered further south.

Showers will continue to push down from the north through Sunday night and Monday.

There'll be some further rain or showers at times on Tuesday and Wednesday next. But amounts will be small and there'll be a good deal of dry weather also. Temperatures will be in the high teens to low twenties.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard